Blackbird Caye Resort
Blackbird Caye Resort in Belize gets you far away from civilization to pristine beaches, coral reefs and warm, clear Caribbean water. Enter paradise…..25 miles off the coast of Belize City, pure bliss awaits you on the private island of Blackbird Caye Resort. Sitting on Turneffe Atoll, the second largest reef system in the world, guests are able to enjoy spectacular diving and snorkeling in year-round warm, tropical waters.
With only 18 oceanfront cabanas, 1 oceanfront suite and 1 private beach house, Blackbird offers an intimate and exclusive setting for those wanting to disconnect and recharge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Each and every guest is treated like family; stellar service is what has earned the resort so many awards. This commitment to excellence is what truly sets Blackbird Caye Resort apart from the rest, and the staff’s dedication is recognized consistently.
The island infrastructure is comprised of rainwater collection reservoirs and Reverse Osmosis systems, three generators, telephone with fax, satellite television in the bar lounge, and free Wi-Fi internet.
There is something at Blackbird Caye Resort for everyone, Sunfish sailboats, kayaks, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, beach volleyball, paddleboarding, an infinity pool overlooking the Caribbean Sea and more. You can be as busy as you like, learning to sail or slow down and read a book among the 166 acres that encompass the resort.
High Tide Bar & Gift Shop
After a long day of activities, take in the beauty of the Caribbean Sea at “The High Tide Bar” where the laid back atmosphere will make you feel right at home. The open air palapa style bar is the perfect place to capture the essence of this unique resort. Indoor and outdoor seating comes with some of the most breathtaking views including the reef in front. Beverage offerings include classic cocktails with an exotic twist, wines, local mixes and beers. Guests can sip an exotic drink specially prepared by the fun bar staff, while admiring the sunset that is nothing short of breath-taking. Happy Hour is from 5:00 to 6:00 PM daily where you can order your favorite drink from the stocked bar or have the bartender surprise you with the drink of the day!
Capture your favorite memory of Blackbird Resort and Belize by visiting the gift shop located in the Palapa style bar, offering an exclusive line of gift souvenirs. For gifts and souvenirs, browse through the collection of beautiful jewelry and accessories made by local artisans. A selection of unique crafts from Belize has been carefully collected for the shop. Necessity items, bath and beauty products, swimsuits, and snacks are also available. Open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Dining – Enjoy the Flavors of Belize
Savor island dining at its best! As you arrive via boat you will find the Palapa-style Restaurant directly facing the main dock. Enjoy being served by the gracious and friendly staff while local chefs prepare fresh island cuisine daily to satisfy the most demanding appetites. During the day for a light snack, casual poolside dining is available featuring sandwiches, conch fritters, chicken and fish fingers and much more. The Blackbird restaurant has a small lounge area that provides a warm atmosphere for guests to relax and meet new friends. Guests usually pull tables together as they become acquainted with each other.
Dinner is done a-la-carte, Blackbird style. The Beach Bar is quite popular as a convivial gathering spot after a full day’s activities. It is a free-standing thatched design situated near the water’s edge. There is also a second bar inside the main dining used in the evenings after dinner. At the front of the main dock is a huge palapa-style restaurant and lounge area. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style at Blackbird Caye, while dinner is served at your table with a choice of turf or surf. Your evening meal is complete with homemade dessert. Juices and water are available all day and appetizers are served before dinner.
Blackbird Restaurant – Three daily meals are served at our Palapa style restaurant facing the main dock. Breakfast and lunch are both served buffet style with a fixed menu at 7:00 AM and 1:00 PM. In the evenings, dinner is served at your table with a choice of two delicious entrées. Dining at the Palapa-style restaurant consists of excellent local and foreign dishes combined with freshly caught seafood prepared to perfection. Fresh produce and fruits are brought from the market in Belize City by boat on a weekly basis.
Blackbird Poolside Bar – The poolside bar offers a snack menu where you can purchase popular meals like chicken fingers, grouper fingers, conch fritters, ceviche, chips and salsa in between dining hours.
High Tide Bar – Relax and unwind at our main bar after a long day of activities. A favorite of family and friends open daily, happy hour is from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm offering complimentary snacks.
The Pool – Enjoy a Refreshing Dip Overlooking Turneffe Atoll
Few resorts in the world can claim the same extraordinary view of the Caribbean Sea with the breathtaking reef right in front of their very own eyes. The swimming pool on the beach at Blackbird Caye Resort offers refreshing enjoyment. The swimming pool offers food and beverage service and complimentary towel service. It is the perfect place for guests of all ages to dive into a carefree day. Comfortable chaise lounges, friendly poolside food and drink service, and a sunny atmosphere all combine for another vibrant day.
Activities – Belize Snorkeling, Diving, the Blue Hole and More
A professional crew of snorkel guides and dive masters will take you to their pick of over 70 sites which are mere minutes from the resort shores. Blackbird is the closest resort to Lighthouse Reef where the Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye is located. Simply a must-see for divers and snorkelers alike! Abundant, bountiful, vibrant and diverse sea life exists in virtually untouched seas, which makes for an amazing encounter that is awe-inspiring. The beauty and charm of the resort is the ability to mix and match your activities so you can set the pace. Try some kayaking, paddle-boarding, beach volleyball or relax and soak up the sun at the infinity pool overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Read a book in the hammock of your private screened-in porch while a gentle sea breeze kisses your face. Grab a snack or a cocktail at our friendly and fun hang-out, the High Tide Bar and be ready to do it all over again the next day. It’s your choice, it’s your vacation.
Transfers & Transportation – Getting there is half the fun!
In order to make the transfers to Blackbird before the sunset you must arrive in Belize City by 2:30PM in the winter and 3:00PM in the summer. Complimentary transfers to/from the resort are on Saturdays and Wednesdays from Belize City. Transfers to the island are between 3:00PM – 4:00PM by boat with a 1 hour and 30 minute boat ride.
Mode of transport will be decided the afternoon prior to your arrival day: a representatives will take you to the appropriate location for your transfer to the resort. If you arrive early in the day, you will be taken to the Radisson Fort George where you can store your bags, relax, have some lunch or explore Belize City.
Check out is at 8:00 AM so we advise that you arrange your departure flights from Belize City any time after 12:30pm. There are no activities on the days of arrival or departure for arriving or departing passengers.
Transfers on any other day beside Wednesday and Saturday can be arranged for an additional cost. Prices for a charter flight start at US $300.00 one-way for two passengers. (This rate is subject to change)
Sustainability – Protecting Turneff Atoll
Blackbird is an excellent model for sustainable tourism and the protection of similar ecosystems. The Resort’s Commitment to Sustainability is to protect the ecological integrity of Turneffe Atoll by fostering sustainable management practices. Blackbird Caye Resort, in collaboration with the nonprofit marine conservation organization the Oceanic Society, is implementing the following environmental practices:
- Nature trail and small environmental education center with interpretive graphics.
- Guided Expedition Kayaking.
- Marine Biologist on-site.
- Use locally available materials, woods for sustainably managed forests, and recycled and non-toxic materials where possible.
- Construction methods and materials designed to minimize impact on the environment.
- Leave beach strand vegetation, as it is important for shore stabilization.
- Maintain and replant vegetation as a practical erosion control measure. Plant trees especially deep rooting species such as sea grape and West Indian Almond, for shade, beauty and the stability of the beaches.
- No dredging on the windward side of the island.
- Avoid the use of exotic or introduced species for landscaping; instead use indigenous species.
- Minimize cutting of mangrove including alternative mangrove pruning practices to maintain storm buffers, view and ventilation corridors.
- Systematic program to minimize demand for electricity through use of (CFL and LED) lighting.
- Four-stroke engines
- Limit energy use: use energy-saving devices and energy-efficient equipment.
- Investigate renewable energy resources, in particular solar and wind energy, which are cleaner in the long run.
- Use natural cross-ventilation and ceiling fans, and try to avoid air-conditioning, which is high energy consumptive and noisy.
- Switch off refrigerators when they are not needed e.g. in vacant rooms when no perishable items are in them.
- Promote the habit of saving electricity among guests e.g. stickers on switches to remind guests to turn off lights.
- Minimize waste at the source-reduce, reuse, recycle, repair, whenever possible. Reducing waste volume makes treatment and disposable easier.
- Avoid styrofoam and other disposable products such as disposable napkins, cutlery or crockery.
- Use products from recycled materials.
- Do not leave taps running when cleaning or washing.
- Catch recycle rainwater or stream water.
- Provide low-flow toilets and low-flow shower heads.
- Check for leaky faucets or leaky tap washers regularly to prevent wastage.
- Avoid using herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers; instead use organic alternatives.
- Use phosphate-free and biodegradable and cleaning products.
- Use non-chlorine bleaches.
Cabanas at Blackbird Caye Resort
18 private oceanfront cabanas all have modern accommodations, screened-in balconies and hammocks all facing the Caribbean Sea. The cabanas have private porches with chairs, an interior seating area, double or queen beds, a private bathroom with shower, hot water and offers daily maid service. The resort features 4 thatched-roof mahogany cottages, 9 hard-roofed cabanas, as well as a duplex and a triplex cabana making these two latter ones perfect for groups or families.
Cottage style cabanas are idyllically located on the prime beachfront and are consistently the favorite choice for guests seeking a smaller room while still enjoying comfort and privacy. Featuring a rustic decor yet with modern features, our standard room offers either two double beds, two queen beds, or one king bed. These rooms are located just a short step from the ocean and the pool where you can enjoy countless panoramic ocean views. The rooms are comfortably appointed and decorated for those seeking a peaceful and simple location.
Accommodations include: Two beds (queens or doubles), air-conditioning, ceiling fans, nightstands, closet area, private bath with shower, private porch with hammock and chairs.
Well located rooms on the Southern side of the resort near a beautiful stretch of beach, in full view of the coral reef. The popular superior cabanas are set by the beach and exemplify the essence of Blackbird with it’s tropical simplicity. These rooms provide an incredible setting for a perfect getaway for two. Each room is furnished with a seating area and a choice of either a King size bed or 2 Queen Beds. With direct access to the beach and a porch for lounging and relaxing close to the sea, the tropical seclusion makes each cabana ideal for honeymooners and divers alike.
Accommodations include: Air conditioning, 2 queen beds or 1 king bed, private porch and hammock, private bath with shower, coffee pot and mini refrigerator, sitting area.
Surrounded by green foliage and blossoms, the newly constructed deluxe room offers privacy and intimacy hidden away at the southern end of the resort. These rooms are within a short stroll from the beach and ocean views. They provide a roomy bedroom and living area, perfect for families and couples who desire a spacious getaway. The living space lounges can be suitable for additional bedding or a space to relax and read. All deluxe rooms offer one king bed and a separate living room with chairs, loveseat and table, porch and hammock. Perfect for a one week stay or more, it accommodates up to 2 persons.
Accommodations include: Air conditioner, ceiling fans, king bed, bathroom with shower, safe, coffee pot and mini refrigerator, private porch and hammock, living room with chair, two closets.
The newly renovated duplex cabana is perfect for 2 couples traveling together or for a family of 4. Each cabana is individual yet they share the front porch overlooking the ocean. Each cabana is set with a Queen bed in each.
Accommodations include: Large front porch, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, nightstands, closet area, private bathrooms with shower.
Our triplex cabana is great for groups and families traveling together. The Triplex cabana offers 3 private rooms each with two beds and features a large shared porch overlooking the ocean.
Accommodations include: Large front porch. air-conditioning, ceiling fans, nightstands, closet area, private bathrooms with shower.